The Ritual

Parabol Art Magazine Nr. 9
The Ritual issue. Art as Healing Praxis
Curated by Verena Melgarejo Weinandt & Imayna Caceres
(Vienna / Berlin / Lima)
Size: 40 ✕ 58 cm

Participating Artists: Vivian Zurita, Sergio Zevallos, Sophie Utikal, Mariel Rodríguez, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Maque Pereyra, Antonio Paucar, Eliana Otta, Sandra Monterroso, Ana Mendieta, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Marissa Lôbo, Alfredo Ledesma, Alessandra Dos Santos, Pêdra Costa And Taís Lobo, Imayna Caceres, Gloria Anzaldúa


With a deep preoccupation with the intersection of political, sexual, ecological and spiritual realms, the artists invited push the association between third-world, racialized, gendered bodies and colonial history, political activism and ancestral references, sexual politics and mystical sources.

The works are connected between each other by the invocations they summon, and invoke a stitching of wounds, of moving selves, of spiritual activisms. They refer to cosmovisions of interrelation, of trans and afro spiritualities, of Andean transformations, and indigenous reparations. They braid connections: caring for the dead in underworld journeys, exorcising whiteness with poisonous cures, and channeling communal spirits. They seek to activate ancestral knowledge and universal energies: a politics of the ritual towards healing revolutions.

In curating this printed issue we have approached the artistic and theoretical reflections of two figures: the Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta, and the Chicana author and artist Gloria Anzaldúa. For Anzaldúa, her job as an artist “is to bear witness to what haunts us, to step back and attempt to see the pattern in these events (personal and societal) and how we can repair el daño (the damage) by using the imagination and its vision.” In tune, for Mendieta, art’s greatest value is its spiritual role: “my art is grounded in the belief of one universal energy which runs through everything: from insect to man, from man to spectre, from spectre to plant, from plant to galaxy.”

Thanks to < rotor > association for contemporary art who linked us to Parabol, the suggestions of Miguel López and Arturo Higa, and the work of Manuel Carreon Lopez of